I am looking to replace my Sony TRV 950E. Want to start shooting and editing HDV. But I don't want to loose the 3CCD the 950E has. Also, the camera needs to be handy as I would feel too nerdy filming with a Large Sony HDR-FX1 on a holiday. Also, I want to record to tape (not harddisk) as I film A LOT before editing and throwing away 90%.
So my requirements are:
* Handycam size
* recording to mini dv tape
Don't care about
* still pictures
* camera editing
Haven't been able to find a camera on the market fitting the bill. The JVC GZ-MC500 is close but it records to harddisk. No good. Sony's bet is HDR-HC7E but it isn't 3CCD.
Have I missed something in the marketplace? or will I need to compromise?